Being a mom sometimes feels like being the manager of a small company . . . at least in my experience! There’s so much to keep track of. You have doctor appointments, sports schedules, family events, birthdays, holidays, an endless to-do list, chores, errands to run, bills to pay, and so much more! As moms, we’re sometimes scrambling to keep up with it all.
I don’t know about you, but it seriously stresses me out when things slip through the cracks. I hate being late or missing an appointment and I like to check off my to-list before it becomes overwhelming. That’s why these three tools are essential to keep my life running smoothly!
1. A solid budget
Yep, you guessed it. If you’re going to be successful at managing your family well, you’ve got to have good control of your finances. Having a budget will help you with that. Writing a budget doesn’t have to be complicated or scary. In fact, it can even be fun! Maybe you’ll realize you have more money than you think you do. And when you spend effectively, you can get a lot more value out of those dollars. 🙂
A good friend of mine always says, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This applies to your money too! Having a plan for how to spend your money frees up your time to worry about more important things.
2. A quality planner or calendar
Knowing who, what, and when is important for keeping track of your obligations. Do yourself a favor and get a quality planner or calendar where you can write everything you need to do.
Personally, I prefer a planner with monthly, weekly, and daily planning pages. I find it helpful to keep track of birthday’s, events, appointments, my to-do list, notes, and anything else I need to write down all in one place. As you’ve probably guessed, I also prefer a physical pen-and-paper planner over an electronic version. I just find it very satisfying to physically write things down and be able to check off tasks!
No matter what method you choose, you need to have a place to keep track of all the things. Try out a few different types and brands to find what works best for you.
Some planners even include sections for goal setting, budgeting, gifts, menu planning, and more.
3. A command center
A command center is the one tool that brings all the others together. It’s a central location in your home to keep all the important things. A sort of drop zone for bills, notes, mail, and all the other paper things you have to handle on a daily basis.
Most families probably have something similar to this already – at least somewhere you throw stuff when you walk in the door. But it’s important to have a designated and organized spot to keep these things. Think about this: you walk in the door, drop all your stuff on the kitchen table, and forget about it. Then it’s time to eat and you either have to move all of your stuff or else not eat at the table. That’s inconvenient and increases the likelihood that something important might get misplaced or forgotten.
All you need in order to set up a command center is a designated location and some way to organize all the paperwork that comes through your house. You’ll need to have a way to separate bills, incoming mail, outgoing mail, paperwork that needs action, and paperwork that needs to be filed.
Now you’re set!
Having these three essential tools will make your life easier in no time at all! Just remember to keep up-to-date on your budgeting and organizing so that they don’t become another overwhelming chore you have to do.
You got this momma.